Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The entrance to the building is a jewel of the Art Nouveau style, while the rest is in perfect harmony with the neoclassical ensemble on the Place Royale, and just around the corner from the Grand-Place and Central Station, no less! With a wealth of some 9.000 instruments, some 1.200 of which are on permanent exhibit, the museum's reputation is mainly built on its extraordinary collections. Once inside, you'll embark on a true tour of the musical world. After your visit, the instruments and their history will no longer hold any secrets: from the viola da gamba from the Court of Brussels to the 20th century theremin, and even including the African Kora! The mim is nothing other than a place to experience music. A visitor's guidance system allows you to explore the thematic tours to the tune of the melodious sound of the instruments presented.
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  • Park • 7 min walk
  • Naamsepoort • 8 min walk
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Emily
London, UK185 contributions
May 2022
A great selection of instruments, including some truly amazing examples of old and unusual pieces. some detailed explanations on some items with explanatory videos. But mostly audio items for each instrument. Could easily spend all day if listened to everything!
Provides example from all over the world. Some staff speak English, and the audio guide is also available with English setting.
Written 23 May 2022
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me550
ireland50 contributions
Apr 2022
Wonderful collection of instruments and the sound samples were really well done, it allowed you to spend more time with each instrument. I was disappointed that none of the instruments could be played. The Berlin music museum has allowed visitors to play some of the instruments and given that they are there to be played I think MIM should consider doing the same, even if its just a few of the pianos
Written 17 April 2022
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Thank you for your comment. We are taking note of it. Best regards
Written 6 May 2022
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Bianca W
London, UK1 032 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo

Their audio guide is a little different, instead of telling you things about the exhibits, it plays short musical arrangements played on the instruments you're viewing. Which really brings them alive and makes the experience much richer.
There are so many instruments, from primitive bone whistles to intricate pianos from all kinds of eras.
If you like music at all, don't skip this one!
Written 10 April 2022
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Thank you very much for your comment!
Written 6 May 2022
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greeneyedmezzosop
London, UK132 contributions
Mar 2022
What a fabulous and extensive place this is! I heard the difference between instruments through the head set - a must have experience- and the layout is beautifully done. From ancient instruments right up to modern day - and around the world - the range of sounds and instruments is breathtaking. We could have stayed a lot longer and will almost certainly return on another visit.
Saddest part is that the restaurant which looks to have fabulous views across brussels is shut for the forseeable future. I haven't quite understood why but this didn't detract from THIS experience.
Honestly - if you are at all musical (and we are pro musicians) GO!!
Written 31 March 2022
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Thanks!!
Written 6 May 2022
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada1 021 contributions
Jan 2022
Unfornauatly we arrived late in Brussels and didn't have time to visit the museum inside. Though it was still on the list of places to see.

It is worth just seeing the outside of the building which they call "Old England' which used to be a department store which was built in the 19th century.

Great place to get some good photos.
Written 25 January 2022
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Thank you, always welcome!
Written 6 May 2022
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pollyanywhere
New York City, NY537 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Really good museum, love the audio that will play a short music piece of the instruments as well. Information is well displayed and educational. The building itself is beautiful and love the history display about it as well.
Written 27 November 2021
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My thanks for your comment, much appreciated!
Written 2 December 2021
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Nielsen98765
Belgium12 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Just visit Whith my wife and myself,,this is a superb muséum. The musical instruments where .amazing
Written 30 September 2021
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Thank you very much!
Written 16 November 2021
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic5 361 contributions
Aug 2021
Not going inside, I visited the place on my way through Brussels. I strongly recommend to stop by and take a look. The building looks really cool, with all that details, like from some historical movie.
Written 16 September 2021
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manigigi
31 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Wé have visited this museum last saturday and we have loved it for the variety of its instruments. Nice place To see and To walk through
Written 11 August 2021
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Thank you!
Written 7 September 2021
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flyingdutchmannl
Eindhoven, The Netherlands494 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
A music instrument museum without sound, it exists. Yes, you get sound at every exhibit via your headset. But music lovers like real sound via a decent audio system. Why not have some sound theaters here where you can hear how the instruments developed throughout the years?

The building is great, but the museum is not more than a typical example of curators allowing you to see their collection, without any sense of emotion
Written 12 July 2021
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) is open:
  • Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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